Student Chapters

ACS’s nationwide network of nearly 200 law school student chapters is fostering a new generation of progressive leaders. A list of all student chapters is available here.
If you are interested in helping to organize an ACS student chapter, please contact Student Chapters at or 202-393-6181.
Not yet an ACS student member? Join our network today.


SAVE THE DATE  Call to Action: Solidarity in the States

March 31- April 1, 2017

Duke University School of Law Durham, NC

Plan to join ACS and nearly 200 other student leaders in Durham for two days of progressive programming and training on March 31-April 1, 2017. Stay tuned for more details! 


ACS National Writing Competitions
ACS encourages all students who have written or will write a paper on constitutional law to submit their work to ACS's Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition. The winning author will receive $3,000 and an offer of publication in the UPenn Journal of Constitutional Law. Each of the two runners-up will receive $1,000. The deadline for the 2017 Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition is February 12, 2017.
ACS is excited to annouce two annual national writing competitions. The winning author of the 7th annual Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law will receive a cash prize as well as special recognition at the ACS National Convention and on the ACS website. The deadline for 2017 Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition is February 5, 2017. 

Program Guides

2016 Next Generation Leader and Board Member Application

ACS is pleased to offer its student members two opportunities to enhance their engagement in the organization’s work: the ACS Next Generation Leaders (NGL) program and a two-year term on the ACS Board of Directors.
Students graduating in 2016, 2017 and 2018 who are ACS national members are eligible to apply for the NGL program. Students applying for the Board of Directors must also apply for the NGL program or already be an NGL. 2016 graduates are not eligible to apply for the Board of Directors position.
Click here for more information and to download the application form.
The submission deadline has passed

Discounted 3L Membership
After graduation, continue to stay active in one of ACS's more than 40 lawyer chapters around the country. ACS offers a Discounted Young Lawyer Membership rate of $10 to 2016 graduates, so be sure to take advantage of this deal. Your membership will be good through December 2017!

2016 National Convention: June 9-11, 2016

Thank you to all of our students that attended this year's National Convention. It was a huge success and we hope everyone that attended had a memorable experience.  
Each year at the National Convention, ACS recognizes student chapters that hold outstanding programming. We would like to congratulate the following student chapters for their work during the 2015-2016 academic year.
First, the Rising Chapter of the Year Award went to Georgia State University College of Law for having made the greatest strides as a new or recently revived chapter in establishing a presence on campus, focused on ACS priorities. Second, the Reproductive Rights and Justice Award, presented by ACS and the Center for Reproductive Rights, went to Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law for having placed a significant focus on reproductive rights and justice.
Next, the Programming Award went to the following chapters for conducting at least 20 substantive events, mainly focused on ACS priorities, during the school year: The University of Chicago Law School; Duke University School of Law; Harvard Law School; IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law; Indiana University Maurer School of Law; Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law; The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; University of Pennsylvania Law School; Stanford Law School; UCLA School of Law; and Yale Law School.
Finally, the Student Chapter of the Year Award was awarded to the Duke University School of Law for having shown the greatest overall strength in meeting ACS’s mission and goals. Thank you to our students, and congratulations to all!
Visit the official convention website for more information!
Be sure to check out highlights from the 2015 ACS National Convention



2016 Program Guide:
The 2015 Program Guide:
An Update to the 2014 Program Guide:
Constitutional Interpretation Events:

Consider holding an ACS event on constitutional interpretation! Here are some suggestions for topic ideas: Keeping Faith with the Constitution, It is a Constitution We Are Expounding, The Framers’ Constitution: Toward a Theory of Principled Constitutionalism, The Constitution in 2020 or Windsor, Shelby County, and the Demise of Originalism: A Personal Account.

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Student Chapter of the Week May 16:
New York University School of Law
As the school year comes to a close, the New York University School of Law’s ACS Chapter looks back on one of its best years yet. While increasing their membership and deepening their ties with other progressive groups on campus, they’ve put on a range of events from the rights of women and Native Americans to the environmental movement and wartime civil rights. The Chapter is especially proud of its active contributions to progressive legal advocacy, including continued collaboration with the Brennan Center’s Voting Rights & Elections Project.
Highlights include:
  • A panel on Second Amendment advocacy with former U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman and several Second Amendment jurisprudence experts.
  • A talk with Shana Knizhnik and Irin Carmon on their new book, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
  • A discussion on abortion rights cases before the Supreme Court.
  • A practitioner talk with Charles Borden, head of Allen & Overy's Political Law Group.
  • A conversation with Professor Linda Hirshman about her new book, Sisters In Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World.
The NYU Law’s ACS Chapter is looking forward to making an even bigger splash in the 2016-2017 academic year. Through increased community outreach efforts and student-group collaboration, they plan to fight even harder to defend the rights of marginalized communities and achieve a progressive vision of the Constitution. The Chapter is grateful to NYU Law, their Faculty Advisors Adam Cox and Burt Neuborne, and ACS National for their support.
For more great ideas from our student chapters, please click here.